Other common names: Black Star Chicken: Black Rock Chicken; Black Star Sex Link Chicken; Miss Pepperpot Chicken; Red Rock Chicken; Rock Red Chicken
Sex-linkable chickens are hybrids, in which you can tell the difference between male and female chicks when they are hatched because of their different colors. Being able to distinguish gender by color is helpful because sexing baby chicks can only be done reliably for a couple of days after hatching, and can be quite challenging. As most chicken owners are looking for hens, being able to confidently know you are not going to end up with a rooster is very helpful.
The Black Sex Link is, any sex-linkable chicken where the hens hatch black in color. Most Black Sex Links are created by crossing a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster to a Barred Plymouth Rock hen. Chicks will hatch black, with the males having a white spot on their heads.
Many hatcheries create their own brand names for sex link chickens.
Varieties (Single Comb): Hens are black with red in their necks, and roosters are barred
Weight: 5 - 8 lbs
Personality: Black Sex Links are easy going and tame very easily.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Jumbo
What else you should know:
Like many egg production breeds, the Black Sex-Link is prone to egg binding. To prevent egg binding, make sure your hens are consuming enough calcium and exercising.
After a year of laying, the Black Sex-Links production will drop dramatically. Thus, it is important to replace these hens yearly.
stunning green sheen, friendly chickens, great egg layers, heavier bird, beautiful black colour
mean little hens, minimal longevity, poorer health, little color variety
Sussex Paternal stock
Great Introductory Farm Animal
Chickens are a great way to familiarize yourself with farm animals. They have a relatively low cost compared to other animals and do not require much maintenance. Generally, I let them out in the morning and fill there bowl with poultry crumbles and spread some scratch grains on the ground. The water can we use is approximately three gallons so it does not need to be filled everyday.
The black sex-link in particular is very mild-mannered. They typically keep to themselves, but you can hold them as well. We have had no issues with them free-ranging and they always return to their coop at sunset making it easy to put them away safely for the night.
These animals are also great for children. I have four young boys and they are learning to care for the chickens.
I highly recommend the black sex-link as they are very pretty birds, great egg layers (generally laying one large egg per day) and are a great way to introduce yourself to farm animals..
From somebodie Apr 21 2014 6:52PM
Good All-Around Layer
Sex links to me are a good, economical layer choice. They forage well, aren't overly-large, and produce large, good-quality eggs with a fair feed conversion.
My black sex links have tolerated weather changes very well and are among the most hearty birds in my coop. As a rule sex links are not a broody bird, but I do have one exception in a black and she can be broody and moody at times.
The body size is fair so that extras and healthy culls can make a decent soup bird, but I wouldn't specifically grow them for meat. Overall, an excellent egg choice and a pretty good all-around bird..
From MaryW Jul 25 2014 6:56AM
Black Sex Link Hens
I’ve raised 3 different small flocks of Black Sex Links, or as I call them “Black Stars”. I no longer raise these birds because, although they are extreme layers of large brown eggs, I have found the breed, overall, to be an unhealthy one.
On the plus side, these birds are easy to keep, fairly friendly and lay a ton of eggs, for awhile anyway, they peak pretty early, after about a year of good laying they steadily decline for another year. The eggs these hens lay are medium brown and are of market quality.
I aquired 3 different small flocks from different breeders at different times. What I found across the board is that those birds had more cases of poorer health, minimal longevity and were a lot more prone to being what I can only describe as “crazy”, frantic. I believe these characteristics are the result of the breed being hyper bred to do little more than produce a high volume of eggs at the expense of their own health. I tried the variety breeders just to see if the patterns would hold true, and as I said, they did. Most birds did not live long after they stopped laying eggs.
Black Sex Links are definitely not a breed for me, I prefer hardier animals who are healthy and will have a pleasant life..
From MT_Goat_Farmer Feb 20 2014 6:39PM